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    #1

    Tenses

    Which one is more appropriate and why ?
    (a) The match starts at 5'o clock

    (b) The match will start at 5'o clock ?

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    Re: Tenses

    They are both correct and have the same meaning.

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    Re: Tenses

    Hi Kanu,

    It really depends on what the context is. If it's a regular/scheduled match that happens each week at the same time, then present simple (a) is more appropriate. If you're talking about a one-off match and describing the start time to a friend 'in the moment', then future simple or going to + base form (it's going to start at 5) could be used.

    I'm a native speaker and I think I would naturally use present simple or even present continuous because the present simple gives the sense of a timetabled event and the present continuous gives the sense of an arranged event that is definitely happening.

    Hope this helps.

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    Maria

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    #4

    Re: Tenses

    Kanu, note the correct way to write 5 o'clock.

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